"After a moonless night the dawn is a kind of decadence. Darkness is limitless and empty; light comes, filling the void, peopling infinity with small irrelevancies, setting bounds to the indefinite. The deepest, the most utter darkness is death's; in the dark idea of death we come as near to a realization of infinity as it is possible for finite beings to come."
I just finished reading Jo Nesbo's The Leopard, which has his detective Harry Hole going through another battering. It made me think of the hero Jack Reacher, who is pretty much untouchable and who blows through all his excellent adventures. Nesbo is sort of the diametric opposite. Reacher can't be beaten; Hole is nothing but beaten. He get abused in every possible way, but always slips away from the horrible villains in his books, and he gets his man, one way or another. Nesbo is a Norwegian writer and one of that country's excellent cadre of detective fiction writers. Any way, you grit your teeth fairly often as you follow the adventures of Harry Hole.